As a Spaniard living in Texas (and before that, in the UK), I know well what culture shock is like.
It's those little details that you always take for granted as "the normal way to do things" (for example, having metallic shutters on your windows that block out all the light while you sleep), until you move out of your home country and realize people in other places do stuff in different ways.
So naturally, I had a lot of fun reading this blog post! In it, the author, a Texan, explains what culture shock is like for an American living in Spain.
I felt identified with all of the stuff he mentions—although from the exact opposite point of view!, and I realized how much I miss those little things from my home country.
Read it here:
Have you ever heard of castañuelas, or castanets? They are a quintessentially Spanish instrument that usually accompanies sevillanas, bolero, jota and other traditional music.
Consisting of two pairs of concave wooden shells attached by a string, they owe their name to the fact that they've traditionally been made of chestnut (castaño) wood.
Today I bring you an example of a castanets virtuoso. Her name is Lucero Tena. Born in Mexico in 1938, she is a former flamenco dancer turned into castanets soloist. The passion and mastery she shows in her performances are truly remarkable.
The score you're about to listen to is from "La Boda de Luis Alonso", a zarzuela by Gerónimo Giménez (and a piece I absolutely love!). This concert took place at the National Auditorium of Music in Madrid (Spain) in 2007.
Put your headphones on, and enjoy!